Out of State Applicants

Out-of-state applicants must apply in the county where they are to be married. The license is valid in that county only. Please call the Clerk's Office to verify ceremony location is within the boundaries of Grand Traverse County.



What You Need to Apply (In Person)

  • Affidavit for License to Marry.  Which must include social security numbers for both applicants. Do not sign the application until you are in front of a notary public or the County Clerk's Office staff. 
  • Current driver’s license or state identification card with the correct address. 
  • Certified copies of birth certificates showing parents’ full names.   Certified copies of birth certificates are issued by the County Clerk or State Register and have an impressed court seal on them.  Hospital certificates with foot prints on the back are not acceptable. 
  • Foreign born applicants must provide a certified copy of a birth certificate (with English translation) or a valid passport, permanent resident alien card, or naturalization certificate.
  • Fees may be paid by cash, check, money order, or credit/debit card (in person only)
What You Need to Apply (By Mail)
  • Affidavit for License to Marry.  Which must include social security numbers for both applicants. Do not sign the application until you are in front of a notary public.   
  • Certified copies of birth certificates showing parents’ full names.   Certified copies of birth certificates are issued by the County Clerk or State Register and have an impressed court seal on them.  Hospital certificates with foot prints on the back are not acceptable. Birth Certificate will be returned to the couple by mail. 
  • Foreign born applicants must provide a certified copy of a birth certificate (with English translation) or a photocopy of valid passport, permanent resident alien card, or naturalization certificate.  The original passport, permanent resident alien card must be presented when picking up the license.
  • Fees may be paid by check or money order.
Fees
  • Out-of-State Applicants: $30
  • 3-Day Waiver: $100
Eligibility
  • Persons 18 years of age and older may contract marriage in Michigan without parent’s consent.
  • Persons age 16 and 17 must have written consent of 1 parent listed on the birth certificate who must appear at the time of application with the minor. Valid identification of applicant and parent is required.
  • If you have been divorced, we do not require a copy of the divorce decree but you must wait 21 days (appeal period per MCR 2.614(A)(1)) if it was a "Default" or "Contested Judgment of Divorce" before applying for a new marriage license.